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Consumer Reports Withdraws Tesla Recommendation

The Tesla Model S Signature is shown during a media preview day at the 2012 North American International Auto Show January 10, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Consumer Reports magazine announced it is no longer recommending Tesla’s Model S. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)
The Tesla Model S Signature is shown during a media preview day at the 2012 North American International Auto Show January 10, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. Consumer Reports magazine announced it is no longer recommending Tesla’s Model S. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

Consumer Reports magazine said Tuesday that it’s rating Tesla’s Model S sedan, a luxury electric car, “worse than average,” after giving the vehicle positive reviews in the past. The magazine says it is no longer giving the Model S its recommended designation, after carrying out an annual survey and hearing from Model S owners who shared concerns about a range of issues.

In a press release, Consumer Reports says “The main problem areas involved the drivetrain, power equipment, charging equipment, giant iPad-like center console, and body and sunroof squeaks, rattles, and leaks.”

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson discusses this announcement, along with new Toyota recalls for power window switches, and news that Honda and its airbag maker did not disclose a study that questioned the airbag propellant used – all with CNN’s Maggie Lake.

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